Arthur SINGLETON
Rank: Private
Number: 919
Unit: 1st Battalion SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS
Date of Death: 20 December 1914
Age: 20
Cemetery: Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy, Pas de Calais

Arthur was born in Poynton and was still living there in 1901, when the national census was taken. His father, John, was then aged 34 and worked as a coal hewer. His mother, Ann, was 37.

By the time of the Great War, the family was living at 26 Bramwell Street, Stockport. As well as Arthur, there were five other children - Annie, Elsie, Ethel, George and Selina.

As a young man, Arthur joined the regular army and was in Agra, India, when War was declared. The Battalion was hurried to the Western Front and landed at Marseilles in October 1914, seemingly without any time for home leave before going into action.

The first mention of action is on 29 October when the Battalion's War Diary records they were heavily shelled near the village of Richebourg St Vaast. Over the coming weeks they would alternate between tours of duty in the front line and periods in reserve. For most of the time in the front line they were under regular shellfire and the War Diary frequently mentions the accuracy of the German snipers.

Arthur was killed whilst about to go into the front line near Festubert. The Battalion Chaplain later wrote to his parents "The Seaforths have had some very heavy fighting in the trenches during the last month. I regret to say that among those who have fallen was your son who was killed on the way approaching the trenches on the 20th of December. Your son has been buried with other Seaforths near the Regimental Dressing Post where the wounded were gathered from the trenches."

In addition to his commemoration on the Stockport War Memorial, his name is also inscribed on the village Memorial in his native Poynton.

   
           
   
     
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